- At least two of the FBI's Dept. of Justice-approved wiretap applications have been deemed invalid.
- That means related government surveillance of ex-Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page was improper and possibly illegal.
- The problematic wiretap applications were signed by James Comey, Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein.
- The Justice Department says the FBI lacked probable cause to believe Carter Page was acting as a foreign agent.
In a newly-released disclosure of crucial significance, the Department of Justice has determined that at least two of the FBI wiretaps against former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page should not have been made and approved.
Therefore, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court has declared its approval for the two wiretaps was "invalid." Any surveillance conducted under these wiretaps would have, therefore, been improper.
The new information is contained in a filing by the FISA Court. The court issued the order on January 7. It was released on the court's website today.
FBI Director James Comey and acting attorney general Dana Boente signed the Carter Page wiretap application in April 2017.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed the Carter Page wiretap application in July 2017.The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court finds its approval of these two wiretap applications was invalid
The wiretapping of U.S. citizens is supposed to be a carefully monitored and controlled process in order to ensure that government agents do not abuse their power or use it to spy for political or other nefarious purposes.
The Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) recently concluded that FBI officials committed multiple, egregious errors and abuses in the wiretap application process involving prolonged government surveillance of Page. The IG also determined that an FBI attorney falsified a document in order to get approval for the wiretapping.
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